California is evolving to a new system of testing and accountability that will weigh eight priorities, including school climate and parent engagement, to judge school progress. An education law, passed in 2013, orders a new generation of computer-based standardized tests, starting with Common Core assessments of English language arts and math in 2015.
The state formed committees to support implementation of the Common Core standards, Next Generation Science Standards and History-Social Science standards.
State officials will administer the new test, not the old test in place since the 1990s.
To measure achievement, CORE Districts take into account both the number of students meeting standards and how much academic growth students are making each year.
The U.S. Department of Education has rejected California’s request to begin administering online tests this spring based on new science standards.
It also decides which schools' English learners will fall in the accountability system's low-performing "red zone."
State Board of Education should change how the progress of English learners is measured to make the system more fair.
California argues that the online testing format squares with the federal 'Testing Action Plan' to reduce the time students spend taking standardized tests.
California education officials have appealed the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to reject the state’s request to begin phasing in new science tests this spring.
Los Medanos Elementary students learn Common Core concepts in fun ways and excel academically.
PISA tests show a lower-than-average percentage of U.S. students were high-performing in math, while a higher-than-average percentage of U.S. students were below proficient in math last year.
California education officials want the U.S. Department of Education to permanently suspend the current multiple-choice, paper-and-pencil science assessments that are based on outdated standards from 1998.
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS, assessed 4th-graders, 8th-graders and advanced 12th-graders in 2015.
The new California accountability system for schools will use a "report card" format.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan's third version may not be a charm but it is an improvement.
Fans of abandoned API, rejoice: New index ranks schools 1 to 10 based on test scores.